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making news this thursday morning. >> u.s. troops targeted. killed at an airport by a man shouting in arabic. was it a terrorist act? tales of abuse from a 90-year-old legend. mickey rooney's testimony about a growing problem. and sheen's saga. new tweets from the star overnight. and good morning, everyone. i'm mike marusarz, in for rob nelson. >> and i'm peggy bunker.
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german investigators say the frankfurt airport shooting that left two dead, could be a terrorist attack. >> those responsible will be brought to justice. emily schmidt joins us now for the waitest. >> reporter: mike and peggy, good morning to you. we're waiting to learn the names of the two aram who were killed in the attack. they were about to be deployed overseas to begin a mission. inste at least a dozen air force security personnel had arrived from england, on their way to a u.s. base in germany. law enforcement officials say the alleged gunman walked up to them, began arguing, and pulled out an automatic weapon. nine rounds later, when his gun jammed, two airmen were dead, two more wounded. the other airmen grabbed the shooter while he continued to shout, jihad, jihad.
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>> we will spare no effort, in learning how this outrageous act took place. >> reporter: president obama made an unexpected appearance at the white house press briefing, to talk about the attack. while german chancellor, angela merkel, vowed to do everything possible to investigate the incident. sources say the shooter was arid uka. his parents moved to germany decades ago, from kosovo. last night, his relatives in kosovo said they could not imagine something like this could happen because they said, americans are their brothers. this investigation is continuing. but as of now, officials say there's no reason to think that the gunman acted as part of a larger terrorism plot. peggy and mike? >> live from washington this morning. thank you. in libya, the fighters and forces loyal to mommar gadhafi is escalating. gadhafi is making good on his
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threat to quote, until the last man or woman. protesters were in the heart of tripoli last night, waving the flag. and there's been a legal setback in efforts to free a cia contractor held in pakistan. a court ruled today that ray davis is not protected by diplomatic immunity in the shooting deaths of two pakistani. a higher court could reverse that decision. davis said he acted in self-defense. the case has damaged u.s. relations with pakistan, a key ally in the war on terror. more charges are being piled on the u.s. army private accused of providing sensitive information to wikileaks. it could mean bradley manning spends time in prison. one of the charges is aiding the enemy. that could have got him the death penalty. but prosecutors say they won't be seeking that punishment. he is accused of passing state department cables about the wars in iraq and afghanistan to wikileaks.
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and president obama has signed a temporary spending bill that will keep the government afloat for the next two weeks. it cuts $4 billion in spending. and makes no dent in the $1.6 trillion deficit. republican leaders say they are determined to chop tens of billions more in a longer-term bill. vice president biden is set to begin talks with them earlier today, to work on a possible compromise. and also from washington, word that senator daniel akaka will not run for re-election next year. he has served 22 years in the senate. he's the most recent senator to announce plans to retire. the supreme court has upheld the free speech rights of a small, fundamentalist church that stages protests near military funerals. the church claims god is punishing the military for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality. in its 8-1 decision, the court said even though the speech may
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be hurtful, the church has a right to be heard. a california parole board now has refused to free the man who assassinated robert kennedy. sirhan sirhan spoke at length, expressing remorse and regret. but he claimed not to remember shooting kennedy four decades ago. board members said sirhan did not show enough remorse or the severity of the crime. today marks the 20th anniversary of another event that shook the nation. it was on this day that four los angeles police officers were seen on videotape beating rodney king. the officers were acquitted in state court, setting off the los angeles riots. the beating incident led to an era of transparency at police departments around the country. crime is up now 19% this year in camden, new jersey. also, people there say they know why. the city, right outside of philadelphia, we're talking about camden in pennsylvania, laid off more than 160 police
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officers. that was order despite of a budget deficit of $26 million. prosecutors say the reduction of police, more gangs and a poor economy are the perfect storm for violence. well, hundreds of d.c. schoolkids get a treat from the first lady. >> here or there. i do not like them anywhere. >> that's of course, the classic, "green eggs and ham" ready michelle obama and the education secretary arne duncan. actress, jessica alva, and packers wide receiver, read to the kids. >> very cool. exciting for them. >> dr. seuss' birthday. >> celebrated that in style. now, for this morning's weather from all around the nation. warm and dry in the south. chillier in the northeast. expect some snow in the upper midwest and parts of the rockies. in the northwest, snow in the mountains. rain in lower elevations. >> it will be a t-shirt and flip-flop day across the southern u.s., with ideal temperatures in the mid to high
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70s. you'll need to bundle up in most of the northeast, where the readings will plunge into the 70s in most spots. the chilliest spots, fargo at 21. coming up, the showdown between nfl players and owners. an important deadline at midnight tonight. does the ipad 2 match the hype? the first reviews are in. and charlie sheen's public battle with his bosses and his estranged wife. and th
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the escalating violence in libya is driving oil prices higher once again. it came in $102 a barrel. that helped bush gas above $4 a gallon across the country. and overall, americans are spending $94 million more on gas than a couple of weeks ago. the economy is gaining steam in all parts of the country. a new federal reserve survey showed that growth grew to a moderate pace in 12, key regions. and the job market is picking up. many companies are beginning to raise prices as their costs rise, as well. the upbeat assessment of our economy is helping to lift stocks overseas this morning. tokyo's nikkei average rose 0.9% today. in london, the ftse opened higher, as well. on wall street, the dow gained eight points yesterday. the nasdaq, adding ten points. all right. there's no big surprises when
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apple introduced the new ipad on wednesday. except for the person who introduced it. apple ceo, steve jobs, who is on medical leave, took the stage himself on wednesday to unveil the ipad 2. it's thinner, faster and lighter than the original. and one new addition expands the ipad's capabilities. >> my favorite improvement on this new ipad is the camera. now, people can use face time. you can do skype. so, i think that's a great feature. a lot of people were expecting it. and they delivered. >> by the way, the ipad 2 goes on sale next friday. the prices are the same as the original, starting at $499. on to a little bieber fever now. how much is justin bieber's hair worth? it's worth an awful lot, for a lock of his hair, which sold for more than $40,000 on ebay. the proceeds of that sale will go to animal rescue
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organization, the gentle barn. $40,000 for a lock of bieber's hair. >> a lot of people were upset when he cut his hair. the flip. >> a new look. >> the flip. and made some money for charity. >> it's hard to do that when you have shorter hair. >> or the talent. coming up next on this thursday, the words you won't see in a new version of the bible. plus, mickey rooney tells congress about abuse by one of his own family members. and the college basketball star kicked off the team because he had premarital sex. [ woman ] thursday! finally! dinner with the girls tonight. i really want dessert. i better skip breakfast. yep, this is all i need. [ stomach growls ] [ female announcer ] skipping breakfast to get ahead? research shows that women who eat breakfast, like the special k breakfast, actually weigh less. now in new multigrain oats and honey. with honey kissed whole grains... you'll never want to skip breakfast again. make your breakfast beautiful.
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road conditions. icy along 5, from seattle to portland. then, turning west. allow for slippery conditions from minneapolis to chicago and detroit. >> if you're flying today, you can expect airport delays in seattle, san francisco, salt lake city, and minneapolis. well, to use football terminology, we're inside the two-minute warning in the talks aimed at the new nfl labor deal. while the current contract runs out at midnight tonight. >> a big day for the nfl. if no new agreement is reached, the nation's most popular sport faces a very uncertain future. karen travers looks at the issues. >> reporter: both sides have been meeting here in washington for over a week, trying to avert the nfl's first work stoppage since 1987. >> want the fans to know that we're trying. and if we don't get it done, we know that we'll let them down. >> reporter: the standoff centers around two, key issues. first, money. the nfl's annual revenue is about $9 billion.
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the owners set aside $1 billion for their own expenses. then, the players receive about 60% of the rest. the team owners say that's unsustainable, given the economic downturn. the second issue is the schedule. the league wants to add two more regular season games for a total of 18. the players say that increases their risk of injury. and they deserve compensation. the nfl players are highlighting what a work stoppage would mean for the economy in nfl cities. >> this is going to hurt, you know, your parking lot attend t attendants. your restaurants. your hotels. everybody in the city hurts when this happens. >> reporter: karen travers, abc news, washington. mickey rooney is sharing a personal drama. the 90-year-old star told congressional lawmakers yesterday he had been the victim of elder abuse. an emotional rooney testified that he was left powerless by a family member who took and misused his money. he says he feels an obligation to speak out. >> the elder abuse happened to me. to me.
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mickey rooney. even when i tried to speak up, i was told to shut up and be quiet. you don't know what you're talking about. >> now, sadly, experts say only one in six cases of elder abuse is actually brought to the attention of authorities. well, charlie sheen says he's determined to stay upbeat while he tries to win back custody of his twin sons. radaronline captured the moment when the boys were removed from sheen's home. they're now with sheen's ex-wife, brooke mueller, after she told a judge that sheen threatened to cut off her head. sheen believes public opinion is on his side. >> the first interview after that, i got everybody's attention. everybody's tuned in. obviously, i'm not the guy they expect me to be after that. i'm too smart for that. >> in just 24 hours, sheen managed to wrack up 1 million-plus followers on twitter. this morning, he tweeted what's
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becoming a mantra. face it, folks. you just feel better saying it, winning. john galliano faces in france. his attorneys say the video was taken out of context and was the result of him mixing alcohol and medications. the third-ranked teams in men's college basketball played its first game without one of its stars last night. brandon davies was kicked off byu's team by breaking the school's honor code by having premarital sex. now, a review is underway to determine if he can remain a student at byu. his former team missed him last night, as we hear from espn news. >> good morning. cole wright here with your espn news update. and salt lake city was the place. byu/new mexico, they were the teams. fredette, his squad, looking to get a "w."
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jimmer, ice-cold. missing the "j." this over the backboard. later on, he misses the three. only two of nine shooting in the first half for jimmer. later in the half, new mexico up, 35-21. drew gordon off the screen. bottom out that jumper. new mexico up 37-21. in the second half, new mexico up a bunch. alex kirk, making it look pretty easy. new mexico, 21-point advantage. later in the second, up 17, phil mcdonald misses. drew gordon did not. 82-64. that's your final count. byu, they go down. derrick rose and the bulls, taking on the hawks. first quarter, the florist. mr. rose. he and bogut says, give it to me. bulls with four unanswered to start the game. within three, rose drives. marvin williams, blocks. filthy. under 30 seconds to play. hawks up one.
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rose, sloppy. turning it over. joe johnson, outlet pass. he finishes with the yam. hawks up three. ten seconds to go. bulls down three. rose, when it's crunch time, most times. no good there. kyle korver misses the three. time runs out. hawks hang on to the win, 83-80. for the latest, check out "the highlight express" right here on espn news. i'm cole wright. back to you in new york. the word bootee is getting booted from a new version of the bible. the u.s. conference on catholic bishops ordered an updated translation, which is due out on ash wednesday, next week. since bootee might cause kids to snicker in sunday school, it's being replaced by the spoils of war. animal lovers are lining up to adore an oklahoma pup who refused to die. this is crazy. >> this 3-month-old pup, can you believe nobody wanted this dog. he was supposed to be euthanized last week at a shelter.
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and now, a look ahead at the stories we'll be watching on this thursday. the president talks strategy with his 28-member national security team, focusing on afghanistan and pakistan. he also holds a news conference with the president of mexico. former house speaker newt gingrich takes another step towards a white house run, as he holds a news conference in atlanta about forming an exploratory committee. his contract at fox news has been suspended while he decides his next move. and investigators in germany are looking for a motive in the shooting death of two u.s. airmen at the frankfurt airport. the 21-year-old suspect in custody is said to be a devout muslim. a commander fired after he showed anti-gay videos to sailors on "the uss enterprise." the government releases a report on young people and sex. it's expected to show an increase in the number of teens
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well, as we told you earlier, the wait is officially on for the new apple ipad 2. it's out next friday. >> that's right. very exciting news. the unveiling yesterday was an important one. not just for the product, but who unveiled it. bill weir looks at apple by the numbers. >> reporter: 33, the number of seconds the crowds cheered for steve jobs, during his first appearance since taking a medical leave. three, the amount of dollars caple's stock jumped when he did. 6400%, the percentage that the stock has jumped since jobs returned to apple. $500, the amount steve wasz wazniak got. $325 billion, what the garage
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start-up is worth today. $666.66, the price of the apple 1. not that they were satanists. they just like the poetry of repeating numbers. $499, the base price of the ipad. 15 million, the number of ipads sold in the first 9 months. 300 pounds. that's how much the beatles tape track weighed when they recorded the "sergeant pepper's" album. and 3.4 pounds, how much power at your finger tips. 16.5 pounds, what a mcintosh or an average tuna weighed. 44 ounces, what an ipad weighs today. holding around 500 songs. 2001, the movie that inspired the name ipod. >> and we call it, the ipad. >> reporter: several million, the number of times people chuckled when the name


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